At the Honor Bowl on Saturday night, No. 10 Serra (Gardena) goes down to host school (which is good news for two other top ranked San Diego area squads). Highest ranked team to lose on Friday was No. 17 Long Beach Poly, which couldn’t get going against Los Alamitos after its big win last week over Narbonne of Harbor City. We also have No. 4 Corona Centennial handling No. 22 Pittsburg, No. 8 JSerra barely surviving and No. 12 Cajon of San Bernardino looking fabulous against Murrieta Valley in historic matchup involving opposing QBs who each have 10,000 yards or more passing in their prep careers.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last week)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Aug. 31)
(Contributing: Daniel Poulter)
*Indicates forfeit result not included.
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 3-0*
Defeated La Mirada 49-0. It’s the second straight shutout for the Monarchs, but La Mirada is quite a bit different of an opponent as national powerhouse Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 3-0
Defeated Mililani (Hawaii) 52-14. Junior QB D.J. Uigalelei connected on 26 of 32 passes for 373 yards and six TDs in a masterful performance. The Bosco defense also came up with seven sacks.
3. De La Salle (Concord) 3-0
Defeated Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 58-16. Standout DE Isaiah Foskey got the Spartans going with an interception return TD in their victory against O’Dowd, which was actually playing in its first game.
4. Centennial (Corona) 3-0
Defeated No. 22 Pittsburg 35-7. Since the Pirates were coming in after ringing up 47 in their previous game, this was a great night for the Huskies’ defense.
5. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 3-0
Defeated Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) 35-13 at the Honor Bowl on Saturday at Cathedral Catholic (San Diego). MVP for the Lions was RB Zach Charbonnet while the Character Award went to LB Josh Calvert. Eastside Catholic is one of the top teams in the Northwest so consider it a strong win.
6. Lutheran (Orange) 2-1
Defeated Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 42-17. It was a bit of a slow start against the Broncos, who not that long ago were the big rivals of Corona Centennial in the Inland Empire.
7. Mission Viejo 3-0
Defeated La Habra 28-14. Head coach Chad Johnson’s team has a big game coming up in two weeks against No. 11 Upland.
8. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 3-0
Defeated No. 30 Bishop Amat (La Puente) 21-20. THe Lancers scored in the final seconds and went for the upset, but the Lions survived by stopping the ensuing two-point conversion.
9. Folsom 2-1
Defeated Antelope 41-0. The gap between the Bulldogs and the rest of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section is only growing larger.
10. Serra (Gardena) 1-1
LOST to No. 32 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 42-21 on Saturday night at Honor Bowl that was at Cathedral Catholic. Maybe the two straight weeks of travel got to the Cavs, but it also could be that the Dons played like many in the San Diego area thought they’d be like this season.
11. Upland 2-0
Defeated Redlands East Valley (Redlands) 35-7 on Thursday night. Cameron Davis rushed for 165 yards and two TDs as Highlanders cruised over a team that had a quality win over La Habra in its previous game.
12. Cajon (San Bernardino) 3-0
Defeated Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 57-28. Yes, we did have a historic matchup between two QBs with 10,000 yards passing in their careers. It’s just that Jayden Daniels’ team at Cajon is a lot better than Hank Bachmeier’s team at Murrieta Valley. After surpassing the 10,000-yard mark himself early in the game, Daniels had a combined 482 rushing and passing yards on the night with six combined TDs.
13. Central (Fresno) 3-0
Defeated Whitney (Rocklin) 49-10. QB Trent Tompkins of the Grizzlies is getting close to 8,000 career passing yards.
14. Servite (Anaheim) 2-0
Bye. Did not play. The Friars get back to business next Friday against Roosevelt of Eastvale.
15. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 1-2
LOST to Cherry Creek (Englewood Village, Colo.) 21-14. We’ll have to dig a little to see how good Cherry Creek is in Colorado. Santa Margarita’s other loss is to Mission Viejo. We know how good the Diablos are.
16. Liberty (Brentwood) 3-0
Defeated No. 50 McClymonds (Oakland) 41-14 and snapped Mack’s 26-game win streak (which was the longest in the state). The longest current win streak is now at 18 jointly held by No. 1 Mater Dei and 2017 CIF D6-AA state champ Strathmore.
17. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 2-1
LOST to Los Alamitos 20-6. Guess that when the Jackrabbits don’t score on defense, they will be in trouble against strong opponents.
18. St. Francis (Mountain View) 2-0
Defeated Oak Grove (San Jose) 35-7. After watching the Lancers and Eagles last week in separate Honor Bowl games, this one could have been way, way uglier. St. Francis rarely runs up scores on anyone.
19. Chaminade (West Hills) 2-1
Defeated Mission Hills (San Marcos) 23-3. Chris Rankins scored for the Eagles on the third play of the game with an interception return. The only points scored by the Grizzlies came on a 53-yard field goal.
20. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 3-0
Defeated Olympian (Chula Vista) 35-0. San Diego’s No. 1 team rolls on, but the Falcons probably were watching to see how league rival La Costa Canyon was doing playing at San Clemente (a team the Falcons beat 47-45 last week).
21. Clayton Valley (Concord) 3-0
Defeated Concord 48-0. The Ugly Eagles crushed the Minutemen in the two schools’ annual Claycord Trophy game.
22. Pittsburg 1-2
LOST to No. 4 Centennial (Corona) 35-7. The Pirates were down only 21-7 at the break and definitely played the Huskies closer than they did last season.
23. Westlake (Westlake Village) 3-0
Defeated Oxnard 24-20. Since Oxnard was 2-0 and this was a featured game in Ventura County, you can count this as a quality win for the Warriors.
24. Buchanan (Clovis) 3-0
Defeated Edison (Fresno) 45-6. You have to figure that the Bears knew exactly the score of what Edison did in its game against No. 13 Central of Fresno earlier this season (Tigers lost 35-7).
25. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 3-0
Defeated San Clemente 38-35. The difference between how the Mavericks fared against San Clemente compared to Torrey Pines (see above) is that LCC had to play the Tritons on the road. The Falcons got to play them at home. The Mavericks also will benefit in the next rankings for having a win over Cathedral Catholic, which just beat No. 10 Serra (Gardena) on Saturday night.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
(Taken from the next group of teams we had in our State Top 50)
Alemany (Mission Hills) 3-0
Defeated Dorsey (Los Angeles) 35-6.
Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 1-1
LOST to Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 28-21.
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 1-2*
LOST to No. 8 JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 21-20.
Defeated Paramount 41-21.
Defeated Lawndale 41-20.
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 2-1
Defeated No. 16 Serra (San Diego) 41-21 Saturday at Honor Bowl.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 2-1
Defeated St. Mary’s (Stockton) 33-20.
Del Oro (Loomis) 3-0
Defeated Windsor 51-0.
Freedom (Oakley) 2-1
LOST to California (San Ramon) 47-27.
Helix (La Mesa) 1-2
LOST to Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 28-21 on Saturday at Honor Bowl.
Jesuit (Carmichael) 0-2
LOST to Granite Bay 27-12.
LOST to Calabasas 41-20.
Liberty (Bakersfield) 2-1
Defeated Clovis West (Fresno) 47-14.
Madison (San Diego) 3-0
Defeated El Capitan (Lakeside) 56-27.
Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 2-0
Defeated Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 28-21
Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 3-0
Defeated Spanish Springs (Sparks, Nev.) 47-16.
Defeated Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 35-34.
Narbonne (Harbor City) 1-2
Defeated Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 34-10.
Defeated Rancho Cucamonga 49-14.
Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 3-0
Defeated Reed (Reno, Nev.) 42-14.
Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 3-0
Defeated Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 63-6.
San Clemente 1-2
LOST to No. 25 La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 38-35.
Serra (San Mateo) 0-1
Defeated Elk Grove 41-17 at home on Saturday.
Tesoro (Las Flores) 3-0
Defeated Roosevelt (Eastvale) 35-6.
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